#1034 Prince – Sign ‘O’ The Times

This is a sprawling sexy masterpiece: a double album, Prince’s ninth and the first proudly bearing the statement: “Produced, arranged, composed and performed by Prince.” Featuring four hit singles including the era-defining Sign 'O' The Times, it’s actually the hidden gems amongst its 16 tracks that make this album so special. Starfish and Coffee, The … Continue reading #1034 Prince – Sign ‘O’ The Times

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#1455 Giuseppe Verdi – La Traviata

Arguably one of the most well-known operas by the master of the genre, La Traviata was a bit of a game-changer when first performed at Venice’s La Fenice in 1853. The title itself means fallen woman, and the libretto is based on a play by Alexander Dumas about said women, Violetta, a courtesan, and her … Continue reading #1455 Giuseppe Verdi – La Traviata

#1283 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Piano Concerto No. 1

This is a recent €1 record fair purchase, and it features a lovely set of knobs on the album cover. I really love this about classical music albums: the art department frequently run out of pastoral scenes and try to funk it up a bit. I’m not sure that this close-up photo of the pins … Continue reading #1283 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Piano Concerto No. 1

#856 Monty Python – Another Monty Python Record

I first discovered Monty Python through their records rather than the Flying Circus TV show. This was via cassette copies of said records, smuggled into the house by my brother, lent most likely by the same friend who first introduced us to Genesis. (Scoggins bros, you have a lot to answer for!) It wasn’t until … Continue reading #856 Monty Python – Another Monty Python Record

#1382 Various Artists – Fill Your Head With Rock

This double album compilation is a sequel to the CBS Rock Machine compilations, which I first discovered in my Aunt’s record collection when I lived with her in Scotland for a while before starting university. That was a formative time in so many respects, and the gradual exploration of her fair-sized record collection was a … Continue reading #1382 Various Artists – Fill Your Head With Rock